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Colbert shares his efforts to change a bike innertube

There are right ways and wrong ways to fix a flat. I cringed a little bit watching Late Night Talk Show host Stephen Colbert take a screwdriver to his rear wheel, but that is one way to get the tire off the rim.

Bicycling across country nearly 40 years ago, my friend and I got …

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WA governor says bicycling, bike shops OK during COVID-19 shutdown

It’s getting more difficult to keep track of what’s open and what’s closed in response to COVID-19 in Washington state, where a “Stay at Home” order has gone into effect.

Here’s the scorecard:

Bicycling is allowed (just maintain 6 feet social distance). Gov. Jay Inslee, himself a roadie, said in this week’s announcement that …

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Bicycling event calendars wiped clean by COVID-19 pandemic this spring

Here we are halfway through March, and the spring bicycling season has been wiped clean. Most organized rides in March and April have been postponed and many have been cancelled until next year.

The camaraderie offered at sag stops on big bike rides now presents an unnecessary health risk during the COVID-19 crisis.

That doesn’t …

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Seattle Bike Show limits weekend event due to coronavirus; Seattle Bike Swap, Sea Otter Classic postponed

You’ll want to check for possible last-minute changes before heading out to watch or participate in bicycling events because of growing concern over COVID-19. Organizers in the US and Italy have just started reacting to the epidemic.

So far, we have limitations at this weekend’s Seattle Bike Show and postponements of Seattle Bike Swap and …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2020/03/06/check-for-bicycling-event-cancellations-due-to-coronavirus/

When it rains in western Washington, it also floods bicycle trails

Seemingly continuous rainfall the past few weeks in the Puget Sound area has led to closures on bicycle trails used for recreation and commuting. Even with an interruption in the rain forecast for this weekend, it will be a while before the flood waters recede and the messes are cleaned up.

Preston Snoqualmie Trail — …

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‘Idaho Stop’ rolls into Oregon for bicyclists

A new law in Oregon allows bicycle riders to slide through stop signs at intersections without coming to a full stop after first yielding to right-of-way traffic.

The law, Senate Bill 998, went into effect on Jan. 1, 2020. It enables bicyclists to treat stop signs as “yield” signs; it does not apply to stop …

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3-foot passing becomes law on Jan. 1 in Washington state

Motorists in Washington state will be legally obligated to give bicyclists at least 3 feet of clearance when passing in the same lane beginning on Jan. 1.

The law, signed by Gov. Jay Inslee in May, passed the legislature this past session. With its enactment, Washington joined the more than 30 states that require motorists …

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Bike history: Illustrated

U VT prof cartoons

Sometimes an illustration, or a fully drawn cartoon, is the best way to tell the story. That is as true in bicycling as in anything else.

Here are two examples of stories that used illustrations or cartoons to explain moments in bicycle history that caught my attention recently.

One is a cartoon by Taj Mihelich, …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2019/12/23/bike-history-illustrated/

Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail featured in Rails to Trails magazine

This past summer I spent several weeks researching and visiting the newly minted Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail for an article that appeared this fall on the cover of the Rails to Trails Conservancy magazine.

Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail is the cover story for fall Rails to Trails Magazine

You can read …

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Senior looking for bicycle advice

Occasionally people reach out to this blog for advice about bicycle routes, bicycles, or bike accessories. I’ve researched these topics for myself in the past, but with so many new products coming on the market, my personal knowledge isn’t that extensive or up-to-date.

That’s why I’m putting out this question about the best bicycle for …

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